Redfin, the Seattle-based technology-powered real estate brokerage, is reporting that in July the median price of a home sold was up nearly 20% year-over-year to a new all-time record high of $385,000. July was the 12th consecutive month of double-digit price gains, which is significant because a year ago the housing market was already in a strong growth phase, after pausing briefly at the onset of the pandemic. One year later, Redfin is still seeing extremely strong growth, but the market is gradually becoming less competitive for buyers.
In remarks prepared for the release of this information, Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s Chief Economist said, “Home prices are still soaring at an astonishing rate. Now that we’re a year out from the post-lockdown rebound, we can no longer explain away the enormous price growth by pointing to the pandemic’s earliest impacts on the housing market. While this ongoing trend continues to fuel an already severe affordability crisis, the market is becoming somewhat less competitive for homebuyers. Demand has softened enough that homes aren’t flying off the market quite as fast or for as much above list price as they were in the spring. Mortgage rates are remaining about as low as they’ve ever been, so buyers who lose out in a bidding war don’t have to fear that they’ve missed their window to buy. As more homes are being listed, it may be worth waiting for the right home at the right price.”
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July Marked 12 Straight Months of Double-Digit Price Increases